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President's Message 
Renee Paquier
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A Year of Service and Gratitude

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

As I pen my final newsletter as your club president, I am filled with immense gratitude and pride for all that we have accomplished together over the past year. It has been an honor to serve alongside such dedicated and passionate individuals, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have led our club during this remarkable journey.

Throughout the past 12 months, our club has achieved significant milestones and made a lasting impact in our community and beyond. Click here to access a few highlights from our year together.

Inspiring Hope and Service to Others

Throughout this year, our theme of inspiring hope and service to others has been at the forefront of all our activities. Each project, event, and initiative has been driven by our collective desire to make a positive difference and uplift those around us. We have seen firsthand how acts of service, no matter how small, can inspire hope and bring about meaningful change.

New Rotarians

This past year, we welcomed into our club new members who have joined our Rotary family, including Barry Bronson, Hemamalini Raja, Rupal Gandhi, Colleen Martell, Bryan Swanson, Mary Wang, Supriya Krishnamoorthy, and Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza (Blue Badger). Mona Hrapkowicz, Sandy Wu are scheduled to be inducted in June. We are excited about the fresh perspectives, energy, and dedication they bring to our club.

Welcome aboard!

In Memoriam

In reflecting on the journey of service and hope, it's also important to remember and honor the Rotarians who have passed away this year. We mourn the loss of beloved members Sesh Ramaswami and Roger Austin, who were pillars of our community and exemplified Rotary's values of service, fellowship, and ethical leadership. Their dedication to making a positive difference in the world will be deeply missed, but their legacy of kindness and generosity will continue to inspire us as we carry forward their spirit of service above self. In their memory, let us recommit ourselves to the ideals of Rotary International, striving to uphold their legacy through our continued efforts to create lasting change and foster goodwill in our communities and beyond.

Looking Ahead

As I transition out of the role of president, I am excited to support our incoming president, Chuck Swan, in the coming year. Chuck brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to Rotary’s values. I have no doubt that under his leadership, our club will continue to thrive and make a positive impact.

A Heartfelt Thank You

I want to extend my deepest gratitude to each of you for your unwavering support, patience, dedication, and enthusiasm. Your contributions have made this year memorable and successful. Serving as your president has been one of the greatest honors of my life, and I look forward to continuing to serve our community and club in the years to come.

Together, we have demonstrated the true meaning of "Service Above Self." Let us carry this spirit forward as we embark on new projects and initiatives, always striving to make a difference in the lives of others.

Here's to a bright future for the best Rotary Club in the world...Saratoga Rotary Club!

Yours in Rotary,

Renée Kazemipour Paquier, Ed.D

President, Saratoga Rotary Club 2023/2024

**Upcoming Events**

- **June 7th**: Celebrating 50 years of Service: Gene Zambetti and Ernie Kraule!

- **June 23rd**: Debunking


And here is a recap of the past year  -  "Reflecting on a Year of Achievements":

Blossom Festival - June 8th
The Blossom Festival has been rescheduled to Saturday, June 8.  Every year our Rotary Club helps with directing traffic in the parking lot from 8am till 2pm and has a booth to entertain kids and tell their parents and other adults about Rotary from 10am till 4pm.  We need 12 Rotarians to each volunteer for a two-hour shift.
Here is a link to the shifts; I hope you can help us with this community event!
Please let me know if you have any questions or have trouble with the link to sign up.
Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation - Annual Meeting
There will be an Annual Meeting with the club members on Friday June 14, 2024 Club meeting.
A report from the Foundation Board of Directors will be presented at the meeting.
Nominated and Elected 2024-2025 Board of Directors and current Directors:
Terrie Creamer- President
Sangita Seshadri - CFO/Treasurer
Patti Workman- Secretary - incoming
Phil Young
Wes Toy
Chuck Page
Jim Le Blanc - incoming
Bruce Hodgin - incoming
Bella Mahoney - incoming
Chuck Swan -24/25 Club president
Thank you.
Rise Against Hunger
A Heartfelt Thank You from Rise Against Hunger
It was a privilege to join forces with District 5170 and Rise Against Hunger this past Saturday, April 8th, at Saratoga High School, where we truly made a significant impact together. Your dedication in packaging 24,000 meals demonstrates a powerful commitment to fighting hunger and supporting those in need across the globe.
Fingernails and Toenails
Ever wonder why you need to trim your fingernails more frequently than you toenails?
Well, it’s not because your toenails get rubbed down while making holes in your socks.
Toenails actually grow three times slower (about 1mm/month) than fingernails.
Why, you may ask.
Fingers have better blood circulation partly due to the higher usage of our hands.
Jun 07, 2024
The Remarkable Journey from Amsterdam to California
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Upcoming Events
Weekly Meeting - Imagine Hope Friday
Jun 07, 2024
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
WVCS Mobile Pantry / Park-It Market
Jun 11, 2024
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Saratoga West Valley College Student Services Building Conference Room
Jun 11, 2024
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Weekly Meeting
Jun 14, 2024
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Community Service Committee Meeting
Jun 20, 2024
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
Jun 21, 2024
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
WVCS Mobile Pantry/ Park-it-Market
Jun 25, 2024
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WVCS Mobile Pantry/ Park-it-Market
Jun 25, 2024
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WVCS Mobile Pantry / Park-It Market
Jul 09, 2024
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Saratoga West Valley College Student Services Building Conference Room
Jul 09, 2024
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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Photo Albums
Pre-Art Show Party
Art Show 2024
Horace Hines - Western Geology
Rise Against Hunger - March 24
Inspiration Submissions
By Marcia Hansen
Friday May 31, 2024
They’ll go the extra mile
& always with a smile.

They come to all parties
& boy, they are smarties.

They take up the slack
They have your back.

They’ll host a meeting
Where we spend our time eating.

They’ll head an Art Show
& bring in lotta dough.

Their names don’t rhyme
But that’s just fine.

Our Inspirations are
Cathie &. Sheeba👏🏽👏🏽
By Barry Bronson
Friday May 10, 2024
How lucky we are
To live where we do
To help others less fortunate
And still enjoy what we do
Youth is behind us
It will never come back
So, help those who still have it
Find a good life’s track
Sometimes rain can be a pain
It can make your plans go awry
But there’s always hope
That the next day will be dry
Sometimes wet is good
Sometimes wet is bad
We had the bad
Then the dry made us good
We raised a lot of money
That will do a lot of good
We made so many happy
As all Rotarians should
Working hard for others
Is what Rotarians do
The artists and the community
And those we donate to
Making strangers happy
Can make us happy too
Our art show made lots of “happy”
Thanks to all of you
Yesterday’s strangers
Can become friends today
Friends for a lifetime
Friends that will stay
Time slips by
You laugh, you cry
Seek more laugh
Before your good bye
Art and music
Conduits to your soul
Enjoy them often
For they’re what makes us whole
My dog wanted out
So, we went for a walk
Was I walking the dog
Or was he walking me?
Sometimes you think
That you’re in control
And never realize
Who’s pulling your leash
Simple Pleasures
Our bodies give us simple pleasures
Most we take for granted
But when we think of how many there are
We should be grateful for them all!
Everyone has them
Rich or poor
Wherever we live
Whatever we do
So, what are these pleasures?
I will tell you some
But there are many more
For you to explore
So, enjoy them all
And have a ball!
Scratching an itch
Rubbing your eyes
Peeing and pooping
A cleansing sneeze
A lung-filling yawn
A long deep burp
A big stinky fart
A robust laugh
A massage on sore muscles
A comb through your hair
The touch from a loved one
A hug from a friend
A smile from a stranger
The thrill of a kiss
(And all that can follow)
A cool breeze on a hot day
Coming in from the cold
A relaxing warm bath
Singing in the shower
Holding a baby
Petting an animal
The taste of good food
A thirst-quenching drink
A delightful smell
Gazing upon beauty
Discovering new things
Listening to music
Drifting off to sleep
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Bulletin Editor
Club Services
Club Services
Fundraising: Art Show
Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation President
Youth Protection Officer
Community Services
Community Services
International Services
The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation
Youth Services
Public Image
Club Trainer/Advisors
Club Trainer/Advisors
Club Trainer/Advisors
We Care
Fundraising: Art Show
Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation Officers
CEO/President: Sandie Prevot
CFO/Treasurer: Terrie Creamer
Secretary: Marsi Nomura
Directors: Anne Cummins, Chuck Page, Sesh Ramaswami, Sangita Seshadri, Wes Toy, Phil Young

The non-BOD positions in the club are:

Club Trainers: Larry Grace, Jack Hickling, Jim LeBlanc
Information Management/Sergeant at Arms: Peter Marra
Facebook: Sheeba Garg
Website: Parul Samdarshi
Membership Support: Jamie Price
Audio/Video Team: Sheeba Garg, Keong Kam, Parul Samdarshi
Photographer: Nada Marriott, Maria Guldner*, Maureen Barton*
We Care: Sangita Seshadri
Parliamentarian: Marcia Hansen
Youth Protection Officer: Chuck Swan
Hardship Chair: Cathie Thurmond
Back-up support indicated with *
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